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this hour on the death of former south african president, nelson mandela. president obama is set to make a statement in a few minutes about the death of mandela that happened this afternoon, not unexpected. he had been sick for a lengthy period of time. we know family and friends gathered at his bedside earlier today anticipating he might pass and he has the word confirmed by current south african president jacob zuma. >> the president and his family were in africa in june. nelson mandela was too ill to receive them. they were able to visit the jail cell where he spent so many years and made his cause for the nation and the world. nelson mandel, dead at the age of 95. crowds are gathering outside his home in johannesburg. we have been showing you these live pictures here with the south african flag. 1990 he came out of prison. made discrimination against white minorities against the law there. won the nobel peace prize and truly was known as the father of democracy in modern south africa. again, president obama is set to make remarks from the white house at 5:20. we will bring it to you
is president obama. sacrificing his own freedom for the freedom of others. he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a embodied the promise that human beings and countries cachange forhe better. the commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him is an example that all humanity should aspire to. he joined the african national congress and worked to oppose apartheid. inwould be sentenced to life prison and remained behind bars for 27ears for being released. want a free man, he was able to negotiate an end to apartheid rule and become the first elected black president of south africa and a global icon for reconciliation. nelson mandela is the subject of the latest film that hit theaters this weekend. i am joined with more. >> harvey weinstein has put out a statement on its passing. one of the privileges of making movies is immortalizing those that have had a profound impact on humanity. i was fortunate to have been immersed in his story and legacy. some of the material has been made available to high school students. the goal by
at a johannesburg soccer stadium. president obama leaves this morning for south africa where he'll attend the massive public memorial. former president's bush, clinton and carter will also be in attendance along with more than 50 heads of state, making it one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in recent history. >> this is a test for us. >> reporter: the head of south africa's national defense force says the country is prepared for the challenge of equipping the dignitaries -- of keeping the dignitaries safe. >> we believe that probably a billion people will be watching how south africa will perform. >> reporter: south africans of all races and religious backgrounds saying prayers for the man credited with uniting a country once bitterly divided. and the singing rang loud here in the bay area at san francisco's memorial yesterday. several showed up to joyfully honor the anti-apartheid leader. >> this is the beginning of a series of events planned all week in south africa. it kicked off with yesterday's national day of prayer for the leader. reporting live. kpix 5. >>> time is 6:10
, a memento of their first meeting. when obama visited the present on robben island in south africa he told his doubters of the link mandela, gandhi, and martin luther king. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. it will fall to us as best we the example that he set. to make decisions guided not by hate but by love. also do not discount the difference one person can make to drive for future that is worthy of his sacrifice. >> nelson mandela was feted in washington but his struggle against apartheid divided this country. not taken off the terrorist list into 2008. he was welcomed as south africa's president and warm hugs from the first lady who went out to be secretary of state. she told the bbc, people should warn and celebrate. >> we have so much still to from hism him, example, from his understanding of how people need to be brought together. the whole idea of truth and reconciliation which helped to pave the way for a new south africa. labeled a was once communist. wall street fell silent and homage. the news broke in new york, it was perhaps in harlem where the tri
george w. bush and his wife laura will join the obama's when they travel to south africa. we have this report. >> the flag at the white house flies at half mast in honor of a man who means much to america. inside on the desk of the u.s.'s thereblack president sits out oh, a memento of their first meeting. when obama visited the present on robben island in south africa he told his doubters of the link mandela, gandhi, and martin luther king. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. it will fall to us as best we the example that he set. to make decisions guided not by hate but by love. also do not discount the difference one person can make to drive for future that is worthy of his sacrifice. >> nelson mandela was feted in washington but his struggle against apartheid divided this country. not taken off the terrorist list into 2008. he was welcomed as south africa's president and warm hugs from the first lady who went out to be secretary of state. she told the bbc, people should warn and celebrate. >> we have so much still to from hism him, example, from his unde
are celebrating his life, singing, dancing and waving flags in the streets of south africa. president obama mandela no locker belongs to us but the ages. his body has been removed but mourners are gathering outside to honor his memory. >> condolences are pouring in from people touched by the man who influenced nations. >> abc's karen travers has more about this icon's life and death. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning. nelson mandela's health had been declining for some time but still south africans held on to hope. they and so many around the world are remembering his courage and strength. how he healed the nation and changed history. >> outside of the home where nelson mandela died, they sang in memory and in mourning. >> great fighter, strong man. >> reporter: south africa's president delivered the long-dreaded news. >> our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost their father. >> reporter: president obama praised the man he called a personal inspiration. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us wil
and more. >>> when president obama visited south africa this past summer, he brought his family to robin island to see the cell where nelson mandela had been imprisoned by the apartheid regime for so many years. because mr. mandela had been so ill this year, president obama did not personally visit with him while he was on that trip to south africa. in fact, this is interesting. the only time the two men apparently ever met in person was in 2005 in washington, when mr. obama was just starting his career in the united states senate. "the new york times" reports that the one visit started when mr. mandela's advisers told him, while he was on a trip to washington, that while he was there, he ought to take a little bit of time to try to meet this rising star young senator who had given such a great speech at the democratic national convention the year before. and so senator obama got the call, unexpectedly. he was on his way to meeting on a totally different subject at the time, but he diverted course in washington and drove to mr. mandela's hotel room in washington. and that is where this p
obama and the first lady will be going to south africa on tuesday. and former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be going to south africa this week. nelson mandela will be laid to rest this week. charlene hunter-gault who worked for npr during nelson mandela's presidency, and from new york, special correspondent tom brokaw. here is tom back in 1990 interviewing nelson mandela after he was released from prison. it's a great photo. the reverend jesse jackson is here, one of the first people to greet mandela after he was released from prison. what a great day that was. we'll talk about it. and he wrote a book entitled "mandela's way." and charles ogletree who marched for mandela's freedom and subsequently met with him several times. welcome to all of you. it's a great privilege to have this conversation. i want to begin in south africa with charlene hunter-gault and have her set the scene with this national period of mourning and reflection and celebration. good morning, charlene. >> reporter: right now, david, it is pouring down rain, and in south africa rain is a sign o
washington. >>> president obama is making a long trip from washington to south africa to honor civil rights legend nelson mandela. tomorrows memorial service will serve as a rare reunion of nearly all of the living american presidents. kpix5 is in the news room now and the number of dig any tar its i imagine is giving south african police quite a security challenge. >> reporter: yes, frank. more than 80,000 mourners are expected to attend the memorial and thousands of police officers will be on hand and right now a memorial outside nelson mandela's former home is growing as well as a crowd of south africans who have come together since his death. >> police are preparing today for a memorial service for nelson mandela at a soccer stadium tomorrow. president obama leaves this morning for south africa where he will attend the massive public memorial. former presidents bush, clinton and carter will also be in attendance along with more than 50 heads of state, making it one of the largest gatherings the world leaders in recent history. >> this is a test for us. >> the head of south africa's nati
. >> you did some reporting on president obama's south african trip, where president obama was very mindful of mr. mandela's health. remind the viewers of what president obama did when he went to south africa several months ago? >> well, again, i wasn't on that trip, but there was oncern, some talk even then. nelson mandela was in failing health at that time. that perhaps his visit to south africa could coincide with nelson mandela, his illness. he didn't go visit directly with nelson mandela at the time. their two lives, given their places in history, have intersected somewhat. we are waiting to hear what president obama says about nelson man tele. would not be surprised to have him appear on camera to discuss his legacy not only in south africa, but in the united states. there is a new movie out now about nelson mandela and his journey from an activist at the african national congress, to his imprisonment, his release and his rise to lead south africa, the incredible rise to lead south africa. no word exactly on what the president can say or when real hear something from president obama.
of us will share time with on earth. >> he no longer belongs to us. but to the ages. >> president obama plans to travel to south africa to attend the memorial service. the bay area is mourning the loss of bay area have given me and my delegation hope to continue farther >> thousands cheered when he spoke in 1990. mandela visited shortly after being released from prison. congressman barbara lee shared these thoughts with thus summer. >> president mandela is a person who really demonstrates that sacrifice is sometimes what it takes to be able to continue with the fight of freedom and justice. >> many point to the bay area as being a world wide leader in the antiapartheid movement. years of protests forced local corporations to divest from south africa. >> here is how world leaders are reacting to the death. former president clinton tweeted irr . >> former president bush told abc news this great man will be missed but contributions will live on, forever. >> there was a mement of silence at the united nations security council today. the un president called mandela a giant for justice and a
met the south african leader once, president obama clearly understands the meaning of mandela. i was in college when mandela was freed from prison. in 1990 i traveled to oakland to see him during his visit to the u.s. on a victory tour, of sorts. he thank ed the tens of thousans gathered in the oakland sun for his support and toppling the right racist regime. his pure joy talking to the crowd is what i will always remember. i welcome this moment to pay tribute to nelson mandela as a figure who can inspire human beings to be better people. he exuded patience, principal as well as grace as a person. even after so much had been taken from him, he kept his heart open and changed the world. up next here, more on mandela and his relationship with the u.s. with our political roundtable after this short break. >>> "meet the press" is back with our political roundtable. here this morning, tom brokaw, al sharpton, paul gigoe and katty kay. now, david gregory. >> we're back from new york. the reverend al sharpton sheer. your book is out now called "the rejected stone." congratulations on th
, but still the proud father of a new south africa. that meeting in washington was mr. obama's only opportunity to tell mandela in person how he inspired his own political activism. >> my very first political action, the first thing that i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set and so long as i live, i will do what i can to learn from him. >> during mr. obama's first trip to south africa as president in june of this year, serious consideration was given to a meeting with mandela at the hospital, but even then, he was far too frail and mr. obama huddled instead with the family inside this compound. then brought him to the prison. mr. obama referred to mandela by his south african name of endearment. madiba. >> madiba's words give us a compass in a sea of change. >> with mandela's passing, the president said others must now hold his moral compass. >> it falls to us as best we can to form the example that he set. to make deci
. the former south african president died yesterday. he was 95 years old. >>> president obama planning to lead the dell gration to south africa for a state funeral. >>> and today, we get an important reading on the health of the u.s. economy, as the government releases the monthly jobs report. one survey found private companies added 215,000 jobs last month, beating expectations. >> looking at today's weather. rainy in the northeast. icy from the great lakes into texas. below zero in the northern plains. it will be even normally toasty. l.a. will stay in the 50s. >>> finally this morning, a parting tribute to nelson mandela. >> the leader, the pioneer and one of the world's most influential icons remembered this morning across the globe from people of all walks of life. >> for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands. >> it was tremendous. it was just tremendous. there was a lot of excitement. the electricity in the air. and he was truly one of the great, great heroes of our time. >> i just want to say, it's extremely sad and
to maine. >>> and president obama leaves today for south africa. he'll attend tuesday's memorial for nelson mandela. former presidents bush, clinton, and carter will also attend. >>> merrill newman, the elderly korean war veteran held for several weeks in north korea, said he was treated well during his detainment. newman said on sunday he was kept in a hotel room, not a prison cell. he arrived back in california on saturday. when asked if he planned any more trips abroad, newman said his wife is now in charge of his passport. >>> and musicians billy joel, herbie hancock, carlos santana, opera star martina arroyo and actress shirley maclaine were honored at the kennedy center for their contributions to american culture. a rock band paid tribute to santana. ♪ >> the kennedy center honors are the nation's highest award for influencing american culture through the art. president obama saluted the honorees. >>> coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," a special broadcast from the smithsonian american art museum and national portrait gallery in washington. i'm anne-marie green. t
, president obama heading to south africa where crowds are mourning and celebrating nelson mandela. we'll have a live report on the president's expected role in tomorrow's public memorial service. >>> and right now, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. it doesn't seem to matter where you are in the united states today. we all have one thing in common. pretty much miserable weather. if you're headed to the airport, pag your patience. more than a thousand flights already have been canceled today. on the roads, it's no better. this was the scene in yonkers, outside new york city. police say 30 people were injured in a 24-plus car pile-up on the bronx river parkway late last night. one reminder, falling ice posing a huge threat. a sheet of melting ice fell to the ground in plano, texas, damaging at least eight parked cars. thankfully no people were on street at the time. cnn is covering all
for a memorial service that will bring dozens of world leaders, including president obama, to south africa starting today. robin kurnow is outside mandela's home this morning. you've just spoken to one of his closest confidants. what did she say? >> we are hearing for the first time what is going on inside this house behind me. the home where nelson mandela died. we have been seeing a lot of people coming outside in the past few days laying flowers, paying their respects. we understand according to african tradition, nelson mandela's wife is sitting on a mattress in the living room in the lounge and receiving people throughout the day. she will be essentially sitting in that position welcoming visitors and there are a lot of visitors. political leaders, friends. people from across south africa that have some sort of importance and they are coming to pay their respects to the widow. we are also hearing from mandela's closest assistant who has worked for him for nearly 20 years, and she gives us some sense what have it's like inside. >> sadness in the house but celebration i almost want to s
zuma announced the passing of nelson mandela to south africa and the world that president obama took to the briefing room to talk about his reminiscenses and everything that nelson mandela meant to him. some time in the evening, you are right. the president placed a phone call to jacob zuma. he expressed condolences from himself and michelle obama. he called nelson mandela a man of kindness and humility, influencing his own life, and the president only met nelson mandela one time as a senator. he had visited south africa twice, once as a senator and once this past june with his family, unable to meet the ailing nelson mandela at this point. the president took to the briefing room, talked about the inspiration that nelson mandela was for him, talked about the anecdote. nelson mandela and a struggle against apartheid, inspired president obama as a student in the late '70s, and early '80s, to become involved in politics for the first time. let's listen to what obama had to say. >> we will not see the likes of nelson mandela again. it falls to us as best we can for the example that we se
obama to come to south africa to pay their respects. what are you seeing and feeling there in anticipation of all of these world leaders coming there? >> well, there most certainly is the sense of appreciation and pride that a south african leader like nelson mandela put this country into the spotlight, and that his passing away is causing this attention, these global leaders to come into the country itself. there's also a sense amongst people that perhaps this celebration, this aura of celebration is going to morph into a much more somber atmosphere, especially as we get closer and during the days when he is actually being buried, the day when of course that memorial for him is going to be taking place. this has really been a moment for so many that we've been speaking to, to really feel that sense of pride in the country that's prided their country gave birth to an individual to such a hero and icon. >> we'll check back with you, arwa damon on the scene. still to come much more on the impact of nelson mandela and his leg pi. rick stengel of "time" magazine will be m
's been fighting illness for a year or longer. he became south africa's first black president. president obama spoke to the nation a short time ago. >> we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings we will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek. >> good evening from washington. in its own way is in a state of mourning tonight. nelson mandela was historic figure, inspiration and role model for africans, south africans, but americans as well in our own troubles racial history and struggle to overcome that mirrored to americans in the life and the struggle and the suffering and then the triumph and the leadership of nelson mandela whose passing at 95 was noted by his successor, south african president, jacob zuma. >> yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. and in him, we saw so much of ourselves. >> reporter: one of those who says he was espec
obama is expected to travel to south africa to attend the memorial service for mandela. at the united nations tonight, the security council paused for a moefl silence in mandela's honor. ? south africa, crowds of mourners have gathered to celebrate the life of the former president. robin is in south africa with the story of his incredible life. >> reporter: nelson mandela's struggle for freedom defined his life. he was born in the row motor hills of south africa's eastern cape. he was given the name which means troublemaker. he was only given the name nelson by a school teacher later on. after moving to johannesburg and studying law, mandela's trouble making politics began. and as a boxer he became adept at picking fights and sparring with the apartheid authorities which had increased its oppression against the black population. it was then that he made the crucial decision to take up an armed struggle, launching african national congress's armed wing. he was militant and a fire brand. definely burning his pass book. a dreaded document the authorities used against the black population
nightmare south african officials are now facing. >> in addition to the obamas, it's likely that most of the other living u.s. presidents will travel to south africa. dozens of other high-level dignitaries will also attend. the events are being likened to organizing a world cup, plus an inauguration and a coronation, all at the same time. >>> former president clinton was in office when nelson mandela took power. and their families became close. we will remember him as a man of uncommon grace and compassion. for whom abandoning bitterness was a way of life. >>> mandela's two youngest daughters were in london at the time of his death, attending a premiere of a new film about his life. >> they left immediately after getting the news. but they asked the film be played to the end. the audience was told that mandela had died as the closing credits rolled. prince william was one of those watching the film. >> sad and tragic news. we're reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man nelson mandela was. and my thoughts and prayers are with his family right now. >> british actor, idris elba,
. they will be toasting him here tomorrow even if this miraculous nation is still a work in progress. tonight barack obama is en route to south africa. david cameron, tony blair and many others will always be arriving in the morning. the forecast for tomorrow is rain, but that seems unlikely to spoil the mood of what promises to be one of the grandest and most heart-felt send-offs of the modern era. andrew harding, "bbc news," johannesburg. >> as world leaders arrive for that memorial, his daughter recalls his final moments. this week newspapers and magazine around the globe are celebrating the memory of nelson mandela with images. for the new yorker, it is this portrait by the artist, kadir nelson. he has illustrated children's books, and he spoke to us about the message he hopes his painting will convey. >> i wanted to show that fire that he had as a young man. it is a very graphic image. it has a lot of red and yellow in it in homage to the fire he had to fight the fight for freedom. my name is kadir nelson, i am an artist, illustrator and author. i created the artwork for the new yorker coffer, and i
of course met with nelson mandela. in 2006, as a senator. barack obama went to south africa, he visited rock bib island, and then just last summer, he was in south africa unable to meet face to face with nelson mandela, because of the leaders ailing health. he did meet with his family, he came away very move bid the experience. another thing that president obama comes back to over and over again, if you look at the literature, what he has written and said about his relationship and now he looks up to him, the way he behaves when he was removed to prison, instead of retribution and revenge against those that held him captive, he embraced them. you know i am really struck by number of things -- especially african-americans and nelson mandela. and you can sort of feel it in the words of the president of the united states. s there a sense about the relationship that president obama has said with this man? >> well, i think in the brief time -- and they have only met once. but obviously the resonance between these two men, to the old her statesman, this man who gave up so much for the cause of rac
. >> president barack obama and the first lady on their way to south africa you to pay tribute to nelson mandela. >> to see the whites and blacks together on the streets. it's because of nelson. >> defense secretary chuck hagel, first trip there for the pentagon chief in three years. >> it's a simple match. three were taken to the hospital. >> hundreds thousands turned out for the government protest toppling the statue. >> house and senate negotiators are reportedly putting the finishing touches on what would be the first successful budget agreement in years. >> fans remembered paul you walker and left flowers in his memory. drew brees 50,000 career passing yards. >> saints 31-13. all time mark from 64. prater's kick is good. >> in washington d.c. the kennedy center a warded artists. billy joel santana. i mean awesome. >> kirby hancock sitting up there with the president of the united states and first lady. he's the only one not nervous about what i'm going to say. >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." from washington we're in the smithsonian american art museum and n
. bush and his wife laura, have accepted an invitation to accompany president obama to south africa. the spokesman for the first president bush says he will not be able attend because of his distance and his age. bill clinton and his family will be going to south africa. i talk to president clinton today about his immense administration. i want you to listen to what he said about you the day after that tour of robben island back in 1998. >> the president is one of the most decent men i have come across, and he has got a thick skin, strong nerves. he is not the type of person who squeals, and hi knows that i hold him in the highest regards, because even before he was president, he was very generous in assisting us to ensure we were victorious. >> he said in that interview with me, you're not a person who squeals. when you hear that now from him, what goes through your mind? >> that he helped me to be that kind of man, that he inspired me before i knew him, and that after we became friends, every minute we spent together, even when we were having the occasional argument from our posit
. >> so help me god. >> reporter: and in 2011, he was paid a visit in south africa by first lady michelle obama who brought along first daughters sasha and malia. admired around the world and revered at home, nelson mandela's south africa reentered the family of nations. he leaves a legacy of freedom and proof that one life can make a difference. >> we are one country. we are one people. >> and we are happy to be joined here in the studio tonight by nelson mandela's biographer. rick stangel is former managering editor of "time" magazine who during his time of chronicling the life of nelson mandela actually lived with him. he spoke about mandela in his book "mandela's way." in fact, he is god father to your older song. and my first quote to start off this conversation. you and i have known this day is coming for 20 years or more. the last pure hero on the planet. >> brian, e had is, indeed, the last pure hero. but if he were here to talk to us, he would say that he wasn't a hero in the conventional sense. he wasn't a saint. he wasn't a philosopher. he was a pragmatic politician. he had one
gaoled him was a personal inspiration to him. we expect president obama to travel to south africa for the furniture. >> we'll hear more about this in the coming days. >> we have a special guest. joining us is the former deputy president of the south africa and serves as the u.n. undersecrety general and executive director of u.n. women. it is good to see you. >> good to see you. >> can you tell me what ofs it like to work in south africa, in the government. >> specifically under nelson mandela, it was - at a time when we had just gotten into government so everything was new for all of us. we were optimistic, highly motivated, and to work for someone like him, who worked around the clock, you felt that you had to be up and about doing your work, because that's what the boss is doing, and he was much older than you. you had no excuse to be tilered. >> you had so much hope, yet the changes that he faced and you faced as a government were enormous. reconciliation grew out of that. how did it happen. >> when he came out of prison. when he took the step to become the president of the co
to learn from him there's one episode that the president had come back to, president obama, and that is when he finally was released from jail, in an event that ultimately vaulted him to be the leader of south africa, he did not seek revenge, he did not secret tri-bias, he embraced those that jailed him, to reconcile with those that jailed him, was an inspiration to him. let me ask you a question, do we know anything about the president's schedule, and whether we may be traveling to south africa? >> we do expect the president to travel to south africa for the funeral, the attribution on this is a little dicey, but we can say that is probably effective. >> leaders around the world are reacting to the death, and at there are plans for a great celebration funeral and david is here to talk about that, david? >> yeah, the official state -- is going to come on day nine, this is a ten decor yoking fewed that they have been working on for a long time, in fact, it started today. where his body was taken to an undisclosed mortuary, starting tomorrow, the government will place condole
viqueira, thank you very much. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa at this hour. he's heading the u.s. delegation there. >> reporter: president's bush and former first lady laura, and former president clinton will also be going, desmond t tutu is taking part and right now the nelson mandela center is holding ceremonies to honor the normal r president. we have more on how the people of africa are remembering nelson mandela. he was a father figure. the world may be watching the big events but there are smaller events taking place as well. it appears we lost alan, but he's back. >> reporter: we're at nelson mandela square. this is one of those areas that you were mentions. this is one of the districts in jojohannesburg. there will be places like this all over this country, and there has been a steady stream of people coming in from that corner all day long. one set of people who will be posing in front of the statue, the 25-foot statue of nelson mandela down there. another cordoned off stream of people who want to see the flowers and notes left earlier today. there was another gr
developing stories this afternoon. president obama and the first lady are headed to south africa, joining dozens of world leaders who will honor the late nelson mandela. the president is joined on air force one by former president george w. bush, his wife laura, and former secretary of state, hillary clinton. meanwhile, for families in newtown, some powerful public statements ahead of a painful anniversary. we will listen to their message in a few minutes. >>> also, signs of real steps towards recovery on friday. unemployment fell to its lowest rate since november 2008. white house officials say congress can build on these gains. and that brings us to our top story. president pushing congress to finish the deal on the budget. yes, the season for wheeling and dealing, and not just bargain hunting at the mal. washington lawmakers face their first test since house republicans backed off the government shutdown. that deal, of course, created a new economic deadline, a congressional budget by this friday. so both houses of congress looking to strike their first agreement since 2011. the last t
was a protest against apartheid. >> that first political act came during barack obama's sophomore year of college when he helped plan a rally calling on the school to divest itself from doing business with companies in south africa. as the "chicago tribune" reported he opened in street theater speaking a couple of minutes when two white students in paramilitary dress dragged him away mid sentence. that cameo so impressed rebecca rivera, another rally participant that she wondered why he hadn't been more politically active on campus. she made a mental note at the time to get him involved. the college didn't divest but a new leader inspired by nelson mandela was reborn. as president obama later said in his memoir, i noticed people had begun to listen to my opinion. it was a discovery that made me hungry for words. the president and first lady will travel to africa next week to pay their respects. joining us from washington, among our many other guests, austin, not washington, is msnbc's very own chris matthews. chris, we have a whole panel in new york. i want to go to you first. you spok
and barak obama in the middle. >> reporter: south africans feel the deep sense of pride about him. i think mandela was like a mirror reflected back to south africans. south africans want to see themselves in his image. i think that is very powerful now, 20 years after the beginning of democracy. it is key politically. is this the key of mandela's investigations, his dreams? south africans are using this time not to say good-bye to the man. it's a rain check of what this country is, are we doing enough in south africa? there is a real intimacy and a sense of we don't want to betray his vision. things are going a little bit off, maybe this is the time to not forget he sacrificed so much. >> it seems like there is a balance of loss, reference and as you say responsibility. >> reporter: absolutely. >> reporter: robin kurnow, thank you so much. she spokes with mandela, understands the politics here so much. we will deep painting the picture of what is happening now. teeing up an epic memorial tomorrow. the world hasn't seen anything like it in quite some time. back to you in new york. >> so muc
are taking live to the white house next. president obama on the death of former south african residents nelson mandela. >> nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock saying, "i have fought against white domination and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal i hope to live for and to achieve. but if need be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die." nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today, he has gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. .e no longer belongs to us he belongs to the ages. dignity andfierce unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from imprisonment to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better.
, wall street journal reporting the obama administration raising concerns with south korea about their plans to let the chinese telecom giant develop south korea's wireless network u.s. officials according to the journal are fighting a risk that while the equipment could be used for spying on communications among the allies this obviously plays into the news we had from earlier today, under fire in recent years by some members of congress, have been increasingly concerned about who owns access to private information. in 2012 house intelligence chairman michael rogers, republican from michigan said we have to be certain chinese telecommunications companies working in the united states can be trusted with access to our critical infrastructure. fast forward to this month and what seems to be his second interview ever with the foreign press the ceo rendered that the chinese telecom giant plans to get out of the u.s. market. according to the chinese transcript that i looked at he told reporters if they get in the middle of u.s./china relations is not worth it. he then added therefore
known as madiba, will be laid to rest in south africa. >> well, president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa next week to pay their respects. the president speaking about mandela's spirit and legacy after getting word of his passing. saying simply that mandela belongs to the ainges and that his struggles and triumphs were an inspiration. the president also ordering flag t at halftime. >> mandela being honored around the world and also high above the world. nasa tweeting from space in honor of nelson mandela, who died today, here is an image of south africa from the international space station. it's beautiful. great view of the nation that mandela changed forever. >> and among those remembering mandela is a man who is in close contact with the former african president's family. he met the leader in person five years ago when he won the nelson mandela pride for african security and development. he is the director of the africa center of the atlantic counsel. peter, great to have you with us now. so, the thing that is so awe inspiring about nelson mandela is that he
around the world now heading to south africa to pay tribute to nelson mandela. president obama flying to johannesburg for tomorrow's memorial service at a 95,000 seat soccer stadium. south africa's parliament also took time-out to remember the country's first black leader. there were also emotional prayer services in mandela's homeland and around the world this sunday. he died last week at the age of 95. after tomorrow's memorial service, nelson mandela will lie in state before his burial on december 15th. >>> a video that shocked the whole country. a state trooper shooting up a mini van filled with kids. now he's fighting to get his job back. hear what his attorney is saying. >>> plus, technology giants uniting to fight government spying? what the likes of facebook and google may be able to do. we will debate that. >>> how many times the president met with kathleen sebelius before the disastrous rollout of the obama care website. and why it's so hard to pin that exact number down. what was it? >> i don't have all the figures in front of me. but if you think about the cabinet and the
dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. >> pelley: president obama used the word "modiba" an honorary title that translates as father. major garrett at the white house tells us this evening mr. obama plans to attend the state funeral in south africa. that is likely to be in about ten days. nelson mandela will be remembered as a man who emerged from a tiny village to become a defining figure of our time. he was born on july 18th, 1918 in a village called umvezo. his mother named him holy sashava meaning troublemaker, but later a teacher renamed him nelson. he moved to johannesburg at 23, he became one of the nation's first black lawyers and joined the opposition african national congress in the early 1940s, devoting himself then to peacefully ending apartheid. then in 1960, 69 peaceful black demonstrators were killed by white south african police in the infamous sharpeville massacre. mandela came to believe that the mandela came to believe that the only recourse then was violence. >> there are man
in south africa this morning to say good-bye to nelson mandela as president obama prepares to lead the u.s. delegation there. lester is live in soweto, south africa with the latest. >>> it's off. prince harry's race to the south pole canceled. that doesn't moon the royal is giving up on his mission to reach the bottom of the world today, sunday, december 8, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" with lester holt live in soweto, south africa, and erica hill live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill alongside jenna wolfe and dylan dreyer. as we mentioned, lester holt is in soweto, south africa, where the official events to honor the life of nelson mandela are under way today. good morning, lester. >> reporter: good morning, erica. today was the official day of prayer and reflection. all that notwithstanding, it continues to be a day or a week of celebration of the life of nelson mandela. people here in the streets in soweto once again celebrating his life. we'll tell you about that. we'll tell yo
and why some oppose. >>> president obama heading to south africa for nelson mandela's funeral. how the service will serve as a rare union for other elite americans. >>> newschopper2 has just arrived. we're looking at lanes of the crash on highway 4 being cleaned up, live as we speak. you can see. the damage is already done. find out how long this back up is on highway. >>> when was the last time it was this cold? 1989, 1990, and 1972. moist words were set in 1972. we'll if we've set any -- we'll see if we've set any records yet -- coming up. >>> welcome back. 7:15. new this morning, president obama is on his way to south africa right now to attend the memorial service for nelson mandela. now, you watched it here live on the morning news about two hours ago. president obama and first lady michelle obama boarding air force one. now, also on air force one for the trip to south africa former president george w. bush, his wife, laura, and former secretary of state hillary clinton. former presidents jimmy carter and bill clinton will also be attending the memorial but they are traveling
investigation later today. >>james: south africa prepares for the memorial service of former president nelson mandela. we will take the latest on the memorial plans. president obama and first lady michelle obama will leave for south africa to attend mandelas memorial service. those details coming up. ic, snowy weather causes damage to cars canceling flights and trans on the interstate. we will give you a look at weather problems across the country. whatoes at first spooul tte le? ok. hoy bunches oats. ching! mmmm! mmmm! mm! it's thoats. honey. yeah. hoy bunches oats. is ia grt cereal. now to the latest on the worldwide mourning of nelson mandela. yesterday marked the beginning of one week of memorial events honoring the former south african president. flowers and memorabilia have been set up all across south africa. mandela died late thursday at the age of 95 wednesday and thursday, mandela's body will lie in state in pretoria. a state funeral is planned for sunday. president obama and the first lady leave today to join the dozens of dignitaries honoring mandela tomorrow in south africa. a
places. and now to air force one on its way to south africa. on board president and mrs. obama. former president and mrs. george w. bush and former secretary of state hillary clinton. they will attend a memorial service for former south african president nelson mandella. during the flight with the obama mass in the president's cabin. bushes in the medical office and president clinton in the senior staff cabin. president bush spent 90 minutes in the press cabin. they are traveling to south africa separately. now to big business news. american airlines and u.s. airways completing their merger. they now rank as the world's largest airline. the airline name will live on. the u.s. airlines name will disappear. survived challenge from the government and consumer groups. guess what. you are no longer an owner o. the u.s. government selling all its remaining shares in general motors. government lost 10.5 billion on bailout of g.m. and that's is tonight's speed read. today, senator ted cruze introducing a report calling it lawless and abusive. is president obama violating the constitution? and
president. and in 2011, he was paid a visit in south africa by first lady michelle obama who brought along first daughters malia and sash tha a. nelson mandela re-entered the family of nations. he leaves a legacy of freedom and proof in a one life can make a difference. >> we are one country, we are one people. >> reporter: brian williams, nbc news, new york. >>> we'll have much more on mandela's death in just a moment, but first, a massive winter storm is blasting its way across much of the country. in oklahoma, a number of accidents have been reported due to the recent snow accumulation. temperatures in missouri hit so low that roads became sheets of ice leaving drivers sliding all over the place. and for more on this storm, bill karins is here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. and as advertised, this has been just as bad as we expected. many airports will have problems including many people's morning commutes. a lot of school delays, school cancellations out there. the freeze line is the important line. that's the white line. 28 in dallas, 20 in oklahoma city, plenty col
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